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  1. Wow, great shot! The best I have ever done showed a very bright light and nothing more. I love the details! Isabelle
  2. I might not have an iPhone but my Samsung works well when dealing with the moon, I have yet to have any real success with the planets though. Jupiter and Saturn always comes out blurry. Isabelle
  3. Very nice! The only image I was able to capture was a blurry light! Isabelle
  4. Very nice animation! Mars has always given me a hard time, especially in seeing detail so I can only dream of seeing something like this. Isabelle
  5. The Orion Nebula was also my first Messier and one I often revisit because it is simply magnificent! There are some nights when it is especially crystal! My second Messier and first galaxy was Andromeda which was equally incredible (just knowing what i was looking at). I wish you clear skies and many more Messiers to come. Isabelle
  6. Thank you for your very helpful advice and information acey. I have to admit that it was the first time that Stellarium showed me that nickname. I have no filter but my sky is free of light pollution so I will definitely give it another try tonight! Isabelle Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. I believe that it might be a little easier to find now that I know others have had a hard time locating it as have I. I was becoming a little frustrated but will surely announce it proudly on here when I can. I hope your skies clear up soon scarp! Isabelle Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Thank you both Scarp and Faulksy. I guess it will be "one of those things" that when it is found will be a great achievement for me. The quest is ongoing! Isabelle Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. This winter, there had been many nights when I wanted to step outside and be immersed by the wonders of the night sky but obstacles had been in my way, the greatest being the cold. You can imagine my delight yesterday when the mercury finally showed more favourable temperatures. Anything warmer than -30's and 40's is fine by me. I had a triple take when I saw our digital thermometer declare that we were finally in the single digits! -8! I couldn't believe it but out I went! The air was crisp with a hint of humidity but the skies were perfect for viewing. I started with a romp around the area where Jupiter shone brightly and ended up looking at something my Stellarium identified as the "Satellite Cluster" or NGC 2245 in the constellation Monoceros. Upon researching further on the Internet, I discovered little about this cluster which I found particularly fascinating. I tried once again to find the Cone Nebula which many have stated was quite a sight but came out empty handed. It was an especially dark night and was really hoping I would detect it before summer hit my latitude and inky black nights become rare. I decided to go back to my original destination which was Jupiter which was extremely sharp (always good to opt for an easy target when another proved in being elusive), as was the Orion Nebula. I couldn't remember the last time I had such a rewarding night as this one. To top it all off, my next door neighbour's porch light had miraculously been turned off! Since he leaves it on all the time (24/7), I can only hope that it has finally burned out. Knowing his work habits, in this case his LACK of work ethics, I can rest easy that it won't be replaced for months! Good nights lie ahead! Isabelle
  10. That's a great idea Stu! I forgot about changing my location with Stellarium I will do that tonight. I will also follow Ant's suggestion and see what times I can see the Southern Hemisphere from Barbados. Let's hope that as Michael says, there is no moon in the sky! Oh my gosh Ant! How dare I complain about mere frostbite when people have lost so much due to water damage. I hope the weather dries up soon in your region. I'm happy you like the quote Cath, it's one of my favourites. I tell it to my students often and many actually have taken the habit of saying it with me! Clear skies everyone! Isabelle Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. The moon is so bright that I sometimes take out a piece of paper and look at it's reflection from the eyepiece. Hmmm... I wonder if I could trace it next time? I think I will wait for above freezing temperatures to try that though... Isabelle
  12. This year has been a horrible year for stargazing for me. This is due to the unbearable cold which is why my postings have been few and far between. I have taken my telescope out a few times but have come back inside with little except unbelievable pain due to frostbite. My husband and I are planning a vacation in the south to escape the winter's clutches for the end of April. Teaching as far north as I do (James Bay) means that we do not have a March Break like other schools, but need to wait until the geese fly north which signals the traditional hunt for the aboriginal people of this region. Since I a non-native I pack up for a well deserved vacation but where to go? My husband was thinking of heading to Barbados which is not quite at the equator. I'm assuming that the southern skies will not be visible at that latitude. I often wish to look at the night sky and be utterly bewildered. Imagine, not have one recognizable constellation, see a sky never seen before and experience the same awe one feels when first looking at the stars as a youngster. Have any of you experienced it? Seen the complete opposite night sky that you are accustomed to? Did you try and map the skies right away or did you immerse yourself in the awe of knowing nothing? I guess I should quote my favourite philosopher here: "I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing" Socrates Isabelle
  13. Congratulations! It just keeps on getting after this! Mind you, lacking the equipment, I have yet to capture an image like this myself! Isabelle
  14. All great finds with the binoculars Kev! I saw something similar a couple of years ago with my 10" Dobsodian. The chances of looking at that very area was quite lucky indeed but I nearly fell off my chair when i saw the red glow. It lasted a fraction of a second and then of course.. I fell off my chair and gave my dog quite a start! Isabelle
  15. I understand what you mean Michael but it's still quite indispensable to me. I don't know if my extreme temperatures may have had a hand in the Telrad coming off Caldwell. As for not drilling holes, I agree with you Charles but my situation is a little different than many others here. -40 Celsius is not the ideal temperature for astronomy but... my skies are pristine so I can't complain. Of course, that's when the clouds are away. Thank you to all the helpful information and clear skies! Isabelle
  16. Welcome Todd! I am a high school teacher in the extreme north of Quebec (yes, I am told that polar bears have been seen on the bay). Here I teach Language Arts, Science, and History (grade 9 and 10). I wish you clear skies and a wonderful career! Isabelle
  17. I have to tel you Michael, I am really looking forward to spring. I have a couple of weeks off at the end of April and planning in going somewhere SUNNY and WARM! Isabelle
  18. Thank you for your input Michael. Fortunately, I was easily able to screw my Telrad in a few weeks ago. However, with this cold spell we are under, I don't think I will be heading out any time soon. This -40 prison has to stop! Isabelle
  19. stolenfeather

    Hiya !!

    Welcome to the forum and good luck on the imaging! Isabelle
  20. Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing your captures! Isabelle
  21. I'm happy that you had such an enjoyable night tonight with your boy. Isn't the view better when shared? Isabelle
  22. I'm happy that you were able to get your first glimpse of the planet Mars. I have yet to have a very detailed view and to this date, have not seen the ice caps. Clear skies! Isabelle
  23. For viewing the planets, I like to follow my Sky and Scope magazine that gives a detailed outlook in what can be seen in the night sky. I have seen Uranus but it was quite small. I have to admit that I felt more like celebrating after seeing Mercury because it was seen for such a short time after the sun set. For this little [removed word], it's all about timing. According to Sky and Scope magazine, March will not be Neptune friendly since they will be to low in the horizon when twilight appears. However, they state that Mercury will shine low in the east in early morning. Unfortunately, Uranus will also be hard to see next month. Take your time in becoming acquainted with our fellow "wanderers"- the planets. They will surprise you time and time again. Till you see all of them, may I suggest trying to glimpse some of the amazing Messier objects out there! Have fun and clear skies! Isabelle
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